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This is a wire I replaced that was under the floorboards with a little nail inside it. It was blowing the fuses.
Look at the damage it caused!.
This is the oldest fusebox I had the honour replacing in the local area in 1993. It should be in a museum. It is kept as the day it was replaced. All metal parts are LIVE and very tricky those days electricians to replace the fuse wire!
This is the second oldest fusebox I replaced, again in the local area.
This is a much safer and robust fusebox than the one before.
Again it stands as it was when I took it off the wall in 1993 and again in a wood box with glass front.
The above are actions that we, electricians are never allowed to take, but, sad proof that some of them obviously do.
The Proteus fusebox wiring is bad as the metal plate visible under the fuses is live!
The last photo of the Earthing arrangement left me speechless!
This is the memory itself. Ferule per bit in binary code! Every bit was coresponding to a position on a wirable program bar, hard wired, with a mechanical slider picking up he information, driven by the carriage of the typewriter. Magic! I enhanced the capabilities of this machine by inventing and introducing a “discount” additional function.
This is a fully functional Z80 microprocessor. This is the prototype, wired by yours truly in 1980, of the very first electronic digital gauge DG1, produced by Normond Instruments. All I was given was the circuit diagram from the R&D Director, Mr Michael Ridgeway. Fantastic designer.
I had to do a job in a local household and I notice the recently replaced fusebox and immediately, out of habit, I made the following observations which I would have done if I was asked to do this job:
I would have placed a sheet of wood on the wall and then secure the Fusebox on it; have taken new 16 mm cable from LEB incoming earth and terminated on a 6 way earth block;
have replaced the 10 mm and 6 mm Earth conductors by 16 mm and I would have taken separate Earth cables from the Earth star block to the Fusebox, to the Gas and to Water. I would have removed the Service blocks (100 A connectors) and have wired the Live and Neutral tails (mains supply wires) coming from the meter directly to the fusebox; have replaced the old cloth tails from the L.E.B. head to the meter by 16 mm double insulated tails and I would have bunched up the cables as neat as possible.
Additional cost of parts less than £10.00 and extra labour around 15 minutes.
Considering that the job was done by another fellow professional Electrician, member and vetted by the NICEIC , I have some question marks about the quality of work and I believe that all comes down to taste and, the answer is NO, I did NOT open the cover to inspect the internal wiring.
17 way fusebox, the biggest so far I had to replace by the latest 17th Edition dual RCD fusebox. It took me all day, but finished on time including all the necessary tests to issue a certificate.